Chris got his start in show business as a teenager and hosted a daily children’s show on local television.
He moved to Sydney, the city from which he would become famous on stage and on television across the country. In the late 1960s, he was asked to perform on the famous Ed Sullivan Show in New York.
After that he went to England, where he played Sunday nights at the London Palladium, A Blackpool Summer Season with Tommy Cooper, and toured with Ken Dodd. In the early 1970s, he rose to fame in Australia by touring with big names like Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey and Johnny Mathis.
Several awards were given to him during these tours. In the 1980s he returned to Australia with his family, where he continued to work as an actor and writer.
Chris Kirby is a ventriloquist
Chris Covington was born in Croydon, England in 1942, the son of Peter and Eileen Covington.
Chris’ family moved to Australia when he was seven. At first they lived in Adelaide, but later moved to Woomera so that Chris could complete his education there. Chris and his younger brother, Andrew, saw a lot of theater when they were young because their parents were always involved in local amateur shows wherever they lived. Chris’ mother was an actress and his father was a musician.
He only worked at the Commonwealth Bank in Adelaide for a few months before he was fully convinced of the benefits of going into show business.
Chris Covington wouldn’t have as many fans if he just carried his name. Towards the beginning of the 1960s, he decided to change his name. At the time, he had just started performing in Sydney nightclubs. Chris spent his childhood developing a strong interest in ventriloquism. Chris’ dad seemed happy that he was more interested in ventriloquism than music, and it was thanks to his dad that Chris got his first doll.
Childhood ventriloquism experiences may provide an opportunity to perform on live television, which is constantly changing. People all over the world can say that was the start of their career as Chris Kirby. In Adelaide, he hosted a children’s television show, which created a lifelong fan base in Australia.
Ventriloquist Chris Kirby obituary
Chris Kirby died because he contracted dementia early in his life.
After marrying at the age of 23, he moved to Sydney and continued to work in television while continuing to do live shows. His career as an artist took off when he was invited to perform live at the Ed Sullivan Show in New York. He was the first Australian to be asked to do so.
Sunday Night at the London Palladium, a summer season in Blackpool with Tommy Cooper and touring with Ken Dodd helped him gain worldwide recognition, as did his performances and tours in the UK and Europe.
During the 1970s, he moved to the United States and lived there for twelve years. Still, he often returned to Australia to perform on television for his fans there. Chris shared the stage with Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett and Charles Aznavour, among others.
Kirby, like many other artists of his time, benefited from NSW clubs which had plenty of live entertainment at the time. In the 1980s he returned to Australia to perform for the Queen at the Royal Variety Concert, held at the Opera House. After his youngest son, Peter, died in 1987, he moved to a farm north of Sydney called Bucketty. The films “The Total Eclipse of Toby Moon” and “Lips” marked the beginning of his writing and acting career after his move.
After his death, his children Michael, Shahn and Peter, as well as his ex-wives Judy, Debbie and Christine, continue his work.
Chris died on March 22, 2016 and his funeral was held at St. James’s Anglican Church, 15 King Street, Turramurra, NSW. Thursday, March 31, 2016 was service day.